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    Re: some advice please

    I'm a new beekeeper and have had my bees do the exact same thing with a good number of their frames: wavy comb thick in some spots causing the next frame to be drawn very thinly.

    I decided not to...
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    Re: Sugar water substitute?

    This is my concern about HFCS. I'll stick with cane sugar.
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    Re: Record high temps

    Thanks for the idea to give them a feeder of water. With temps hitting 100' here in Alabama this weekend, they might really appreciate it. They sure are bearding like crazy at night lately.
  4. Re: Anybody ever try a consulting/mentoring service?

    I think you'll face a lot of competition from friendly beekeepers from local beekeeping associations who volunteer to do this service for free.

    I'm very thankful to have acquired a top notch...
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    Re: Bee Friendly Garden Chemicals

    They may not eat them, but children paid a dime per caterpillar are pretty good caterpillar predators.
  6. Re: Is this normal behavior Its been Around 100 degrees outside With pics

    Even though I have SBB, I'm going to raise my top cover with a few Popsicle sticks at each corner when I inspect tomorrow. It's getting crazy hot here in Birmingham.
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    Re: Bee Friendly Garden Chemicals

    I'm with you, Spark. No pesticides at all for anything. If I wanted to eat chemicals I wouldn't bother growing my own vegetables.

    I think the biggest problem with using pesticides is that they...
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    Re: 1:1 syrup question

    My mentor had a very simple answer to this question when I asked it.

    He said "Taste it. If it tastes bad to you, don't give it to your bees."

    So far, my syrup has yet to taste like anything...
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    Re: Working naked!!!???

    I simply don't want to get stung in or around the eye. I'm not afraid of stings otherwise, but i still feel more comfortable with some protective gear on. And if I am comfortable, I will be more...
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    Re: Selling Nucs

    I paid $90 for each of my two five frame nuc's this spring from a local beekeeper. I gave back the empty boxes.
  11. Re: What do you use for smoker fuel? Any tips on keeping it lit?

    I use pine needles. They are commonly sold in bales here in the South as mulch at garden centers, but I'm not sure if they are just a regional thing as I believe they are a byproduct of the paper...
  12. Re: Foundationless and cutting off connecting comb?

    I've only extracted foundationless frames with my mentor, but the basket the frames went into really looked like it should support the comb if you are careful and spin it slower for a longer time.
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  13. Re: Bees crowding front entrance at night part II with picture

    I was concerned the first time i saw significant bearding. I asked my mentor about it and he told me that it just means I've got a healthy hive with lots of happy bees in it.
  14. Re: Spider and Ground Bee Killer Is it just me that is distrubed by this?

    I've toyed with the idea of having a roll of stickers made up and secretly placing them on pesticide bags in the big box stores.

    Something like "Now with 50% more butterfly, honeybee, firefly, and...
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    Re: Sting Reaction

    I found this easy to understand description of three types of reactions.

    http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/insect-stings

    If you don't already have one, you should ask your doctor to...
  16. Re: Foundationless and cutting off connecting comb?

    I have some frames both foundationless and with foundation that are thick on one side and encroaching on the space for the frame beside them.

    I asked my mentor what to do about it and he suggested...
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    Re: Questions about regular sweet clover

    A dollar a pound sounds great! I'll track down that deal next winter.

    I've also been considering planting an alternative wildflower lawn mix that i found here:
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  18. Re: Insect killer for garden plants that is organic and safe for bees.

    My personal philosophy is not to spray any serious insecticides/herbicides, as I suspect that they kill the predators of the unwanted bugs that serve to keep the pest population in check. Once the...
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    Re: Questions about regular sweet clover

    Yes, these seeds were coated with an innoculant that contains the necessary nitrogen fixing bacteria that clover needs for it's root system. It looked to me like a sort of chalk or clay. The coating...
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    Re: Questions about regular sweet clover

    I bought 5 pounds of White Dutch Clover to spread in my back yard and a wild meadow area behind it from Universal Seed in Birmingham Alabama. It was coated seed and cost about $2.50 per pound. I...
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    Re: Sugar water substitute?

    Pay attention to the sugar aisle in the grocery store for times when they go on sale. Otherwise, the cheapest I have found is the 10 pound bags at Wal-Mart for about $5.50. They've got 25 pound bags...
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    Re: Are budget grade Mann Lake boxes OK?

    I decided to compare the three grades of boxes from Mann Lake when I made an order last week because I plan on buying enough wood for about 20 hives for next year.

    I ordered a few of each grade....
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    Re: Note to self

    you don't have to lift the whole thing all at once. You can always pull individual frames from the deep and put them in another box sitting in something like a garden cart or wagon.

    With my bad...
  24. Re: Suggestions with how to harvest beeswax and what to do with it?

    Is the sieve/strainer necessary when using a crock pot that also has water in it?

    I thought all the junk would sink to the bottom of the water, leaving you with clean wax floating on top?
  25. Re: Do many of these threads belong in the beginner area?

    Having been on many various internet forums for about as long as internet forums have existed, I've seen this very same complaint many times.

    If you are the type that says "What sort of moron...
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